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125 years of Immanuel College 1895 – 2020


Starting as a small Lutheran college in 1895 with 2 pupils to one of Adelaide’s premier private schools, Immanuel College welcomes students from Australia and across the globe. 2020 marked an important milestone for Immanuel as we celebrated our 125th anniversary.

Founded by Pastor Georg Leidig in 1895, Immanuel College was first established as a Lutheran Boarding School at Point Pass (near Eudunda). Since its creation, Immanuel has educated tens of thousands of young people.

Immanuel moved to the city in 1923, to North Adelaide until 1942, when the buildings were required during WWII by the Air Force and the school was given 10 days to move out.

The College was forced to temporarily move to Walkerville for the period 1942–1946. In 1949, land at Novar Gardens was acquired from the Morphett family property ‘Cummins’, and the school finally found its permanent home there in 1957.

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In 1970, Immanuel Primary School was established as the first Lutheran primary school in the western suburbs of Adelaide, and in 1971 the Immanuel Chapel was opened.

In 2007, Immanuel opened the Sports Centre, with 2 swimming pools, 3 indoor courts, fully equipped fitness centre and dance studio.

In 2015, Immanuel College established its state-of-the-art senior school including the Margaret Ames Centre. Named after an old scholar and ex-teacher, the building includes classrooms, study areas, a cafe and a university-style theatre called ‘The Otto Theatre’.

Immanuel College currently educates around 1000 students each year including 170 Boarding students. A true testament to the growth and vision of Pastor Georg Leidig.

FROM THEN

NOVAR GARDENS: 1957

TO NOW

NOVAR GARDENS: 2020


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Immanuel has changed,

But our philosophy remains the same.

Plus Ultra – Aim high and go beyond. We aspire to be extraordinary in everything we do. We continue to challenge our students in a supportive, progressive environment and help them discover who they are, what they’re capable of and prepare them for life after school.

Parents often ask us Why Immanuel? And we say the same thing:

“We’re much more than a school – you can feel the difference as soon as you step on campus.”

Kevin Richardson, Principal

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